MORE than £130,000 for road improvements in the Vale of Glamorgan has been left unspent - despite widespread problems with potholes and other issues.

But the Vale of Glamorgan Council has said the money has not been lost, and had gone unspent due to construction work and the need to keep roads clear for gritters.

At the council's Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee last month members heard there was a £136,000 underspend of the local authority’s £1.9 million road repairs fund for the 2022/23 financial year.

Plaid Cymru councillor, Chris Franks - who pointed out the underspend - said the revelation was disappointing “considering the amount of requests that there are for highway improvements”.

The scrutiny committee member was told at the meeting that he would have to wait on an answer as to how that money was left unspent.

Barry And District News: The state of the roads and the issue of pot holes in Dinas Powys has become a major concern for residents and local councillors. Picture: Ted Peskett.The state of the roads and the issue of pot holes in Dinas Powys has become a major concern for residents and local councillors. Picture: Ted Peskett.

Cllr Chris Franks said: “With roads across the Vale in a shocking state, it is astonishing that the Vale Council have underspent by so much in the past year.

“When money is put into a budget, we expect it to be spent in the year, especially when the council so frequently tells us that it doesn’t have enough resources to fix the roads.

“Seven per cent of the total budget is nearly a month’s worth of work that hasn’t been done.

“That could have fixed another 700 potholes across the Vale – up to 700 streets could have been improved if the money had been spent as intended.

“The Vale should stop telling us that they have no money for services when they’re not spending what they have already allocated.”

The council completed £1.8 million worth of highway improvements during the last financial year.

Explaining the underspend, a Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “The money left over has been identified for specific work that could not be carried out during this period due construction activity along the routes or because they had to be kept clear for gritting vehicles.

“It has now transferred to the 2023/24 highway improvement budget, with work well under way.”

Residents in Dinas Powys expressed their frustration three months ago over the state of the roads in their town.

One cyclist called the conditions of some roads in the town “disgusting” whilst another person said they had seen a fellow resident filling in potholes themselves.

At the time, the council said highway inspectors undertake routine inspections at scheduled intervals through Dinas Powys, with works orders being raised where “actionable defects” are observed.

Once a pothole has been identified the contractor has an allocated time to complete the repair, dependant on the severity of the pothole.

A council spokesperson said: “Filling potholes is a big part of our work to maintain the Vale’s highway infrastructure.

“In March alone the Vale of Glamorgan Council filled 700 potholes across the county.

“Our highways inspectors undertake regular inspections of roads in the Vale but residents can also report any potholes they may see via our website or by calling Contact One Vale.”